Ice Lake couple hopeful of getting work permits to return to Island soon

Dave and Mariejo Cariaga, volunteers at the Manitoulin Lodge Nursing Home in Gore Bay, with a resident of the Lodge last Friday. The couple, who live in Ice Lake, are having to leave Canada due to a technicality in a work permit form with Immigration Canada.

GORE BAY-ICE LAKE – It appears that a couple, who are valued members of the community of Ice Lake and all of Western Manitoulin, will be leaving for the Philippines in a few days but expect they will be able to return to the Island within the next couple of months, once they get their new work permit forms from Immigration Canada. 

As was reported in last week’s edition of the Recorder, two valuable members of the community of Ice Lake, and indeed all of Western Manitoulin as well as volunteers at the Manitoulin Lodge Nursing Home in Gore Bay, Dave Cariaga and his wife Mariejo are having to leave and return back to Philippines due to a technicality in their work permit form with Canadian Immmigration services.

Mr. Cariaga said he talked to Carol Hughes, MP for Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing last week. “I was able to talk to Carol and provide her a copy of a paper I had received from an Immigration Canada consultant with the reason I was denied (for getting a new work permit).”

“Carol has been good and is willing to help,” said Mr. Cariaga. “We will be returning back to the Philippines and as soon as the new forms are completed, Carol will help if it is needed. I expect we will be back (to Manitoulin) in a month to a month-and-a-half.”

Dave Cariaga and his wife and Mariejo will be leaving next week to the Philippines to fill out work permit forms again to return back to Canada.

The couple have lived in Canada for almost four years, and on Manitoulin for about two years. Mr. Cariaga is the minister at the Ice Lake Church of Christ, and the couple are volunteers at the Manitoulin Lodge Nursing Home in Gore Bay. 

Mr. Cariaga explained previously the problem started when he applied for a work permit renewal. Everything was okay on the form, except for one number. According to their immigration consultant, they were advised by Immigration Canada that we would have to leave the country due to the technicality.